The U.S. will lift travel restrictions on Cuba, but leave the larger trade embargo in place. Is that a smart move? Does it go far enough? Too far?

Posted by Lauren Keane on April 15, 2009 11:18 AM


Lamis Andoni is a Middle East consultant for Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news station. She has been covering the Middle East for 20 years. She has reported for the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times and the main newspapers in Jordan. She was a professor at the Graduate School in UC Berkeley.

A Welcome Step, But Not Enough

Washington has to learn how to be humble and should be humbled by its own economic crisis.

Posted by Lamis Andoni Doha, Qatar | 4 COMMENTS
Apr 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM
Carlos Alberto Montaner is a Cuban-born writer, journalist, and former professor. He is one of the most influential and widely-read columnists in the Spanish-language media, syndicated in dozens of publications in Latin America, Spain and the United States. He is also vice president of the Liberal International, a London-based federation devoted to the defense of democratic values and the promotion of the market economy. He has written more than twenty books, including Journey to the Heart of Cuba; How and Why Communism Disappeared; Liberty, the Key to Prosperity; and the novels A Dog's World and 1898: The Plot. He is now based in Madrid, Spain.

Obama: Be Patient on Cuba

Lifting the embargo now would legitimize the remnants of Castro's regime at just the moment when it may finally be dissolving naturally.

Posted by Carlos Alberto Montaner Madrid, Spain | 10 COMMENTS
Apr 15, 2009 at 12:00 PM
Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

America Balks On Cuba

Obama offers Cubans a half-baked cake by lifting only part of the travel ban.

Posted by Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 14 COMMENTS
Apr 15, 2009 at 11:54 AM
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is

A Pragmatic Solution - Extend It To Iran

A sign of a more pragmatic foreign policy, and hopefully a prelude to dealing with Iran.

Posted by Daoud Kuttab Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan | 3 COMMENTS
Apr 15, 2009 at 11:46 AM
Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary.

Embargoes Stall Real Change

Embargoes are simply good pretexts for a country's leaders to increase military spending.

Posted by Miklos Vamos Budapest, Hungary | 1 COMMENTS
Apr 15, 2009 at 11:20 AM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Sanctions Never Work

Economic sanctions are self-defeating in the Global Age.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 1 COMMENTS
Apr 15, 2009 at 11:12 AM

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